Graves of Tzaddikim in London?

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Dear Rabbi Simon

I read that some recommend visiting the graves of tzaddikim (the Righteous) where one is not able to visit the graveside of a departed family member on a yahrtzeit. This may seem like a strange question, but it is a practical one (as my sister’s yahrtzeit is approaching and she is buried overseas): Who are regarded as the greatest tzaddikim who are buried in London?


My recommendation would be the kever of Rav Eliezer Gordon, renowned Rav and first Rosh Yeshiva in Telz, Lithuania, who died in London in 1910. He is buried in the Edmonton Federation Cemetery. The most “popular” kever destination is that of the famous Shotzer Rebbe, Rabbi Shulem Moshkovitz , a direct descendant of the Ba'al Shem Tov, who left a will specifying that anyone can come to his grave and ask for his help (and he will intercede with G-d on his/her behalf), as long as the supplicant undertakes to better himself in at least one way. The Shotzer Rebbe is buried in the Adath Yisroel cemetery in Enfield. (This has become a place of pilgrimage every Friday, and there are multiple reports of favourable results.)

Finally, I would suggest that, particularly in view of your family's connection to him, you visit the tziyun of the Sassover Rebbe, Rabbi Simcha Rubin, who died in 2003 and is also interred in Enfield.

Besurot tovot [hope to share good news in the future]

Rabbi Simon 

PS Although he is not buried in London and was not a gadol ba-Torah (leading Torah personality), a great Jew with enormous merits is certainly Sir Moses Montefiore, buried in a private mausoleum, next to his wife Judith, who predeceased him, on the grounds of the Montefiore Synagogue in Ramsgate (the destination of a Kesher trip a few years ago).

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
I hope you fasted well yesterday.
Thank you for the insights into the Kinnot, making them easier to understand.
In the afternoon, I was listening to a shiur on Eichah on Torahanytime.  As an aside, the speaker mentioned that the 1st perek of Eichah is the source for the order of the alef bet as we know it.  Other chapters also follow the alef bet chronology but with ayin en peh interchanged.
He quoted Rabbi Shimon Schwab as his source.
Although he did not elaborate on this, surely Sefer Tehillim predates Megillat Eichah by centuries.  Several psalms are written in the alef bet order (e.g.
psalm 119).
Can you please clarify?
Thank you & best wishes.
PhilippeHi Philippe
TY for your sophisticated Q.
I have also heard that the question of the sequence of samekh and 'ayin is subject to dispute. It seems that there are indications that in Paleo-Hebrew the order is reversed from what we know. It is alleged that chapters 2, 3 and 4 of Eichah (chapter 5 is not alphabetical) reflect the original order. Of course, as you say, ch 1 conforms to the order with which we are family.
You are right that Tehillim predates Eichah, however a critic can claim that the order was redacted to bring it in line with the accepted/preferred sequence. This is particularly true for ch. 119, where each of the 8 vv per letter are their own group, and each set of 8 vv. can easily be repositioned. The question is in Ps. 34 or 145, if the internal logic of the passage sheds light on the correct sequence. In Ps. 34, some claim that the v. starting with the letter peh makes more sense to follow the verse starting with samekh (due to the common appearance of the word ra'). I am not convinced that this argument is compelling.
I will stick with the mesorah, that 'ayin belongs before peh. Best to look before speaking.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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